The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, was demanded to be expelled from the country and “immediately declared persona non grata.” With such an initiative was made by the Vice-Chairman of the German Bundestag, Wolfgang Kubikki.
“Any American diplomat who behaves as the High Commissioner of the occupying authorities should know that our tolerance also has borders,” said Mr. Kubiki (quoted by Deutsche Welle). “The fact that the US ambassador again intervenes in the political issues of a sovereign federal republic can no longer be tolerated,” he added.
According to the politician, he does not want to protect the “political intentions” of German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz in this way.
But the fact that the US ambassador again intervenes in political issues of a sovereign federal republic can no longer be tolerated, “said the deputy chairman of the Bundestag.
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The Russians will pay for the increase in VAT 460 billion rubles
The Institute for National Economic Forecasting (INP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences conducted a study to predict the income of the state budget of the Russian Federation from the increase in the VAT rate from 18% to 20%. Its main theses set forth “Izvestia”.
“If stable oil prices, exchange rates, GDP dynamics at 2% and inflation of 4% remain, the income growth of the consolidated budget in 2019 due to the increase in the VAT rate will amount to almost 800 billion rubles,” the newspaper writes.
Of this amount, the population will pay 460 billion rubles. It is assumed that 590 billion rubles will bring a two-percent increase in VAT itself. At the expense of these funds, it is planned to raise public sector wages and to fund the implementation of national and infrastructure projects.
These measures, in turn, will lead to an increase in the taxable base for personal income tax, import duties and income tax, which together should give the budget an additional 200 billion rubles.
Putin appointed new kickboxing world champion in Kalmykia
Head of the Republic of Kalmykia Alexei Orlov resigned. Before the elections, which will be held in September, his successor, according to the president’s decision, was kickboxer Batu Hasikov, the Kremlin press service reports.
Tokayev proposed to rename the capital of Kazakhstan
The new president of Kazakhstan, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, proposed renaming Astana in honor of Nursultan Nazarbayev. Also among his initiatives: a monument to the first president in the capital of the republic and the renaming in his honor of the central streets of all regional cities
Deputies of the Parliament of Kazakhstan adopted in the second final reading amendments to the Constitution to rename the capital of the Republic of Astana to Nursultan.
Britain has asked the EU to postpone Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she had asked the EU to postpone Brexit, Reuters reported. The British government has sent the EU a formal request for a delay until June 30.
Putin invited British businessmen to participate in national projects
The head of state invited British businessmen to take part in the implementation of national projects in Russia. In the course of the national projects, it is planned to “invest hundreds of billions of dollars in the development of the most important sectors of the economy and the social sphere,” the president said.
As part of national projects in Russia, it is planned to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in the development of the most important sectors of the economy and social sphere … I am sure that your companies could also take part in this work. The market is big enough. – Vladimir Putin
Trump admits military intervention in Venezuela
US President Donald Trump does not rule out military intervention in Venezuela. He told this to journalists after negotiations with Brazilian leader Zhaire Bolsonar, which took place on March 19 at the White House.
Ex-president of Crimea arrested for disobeying police
The first president of Crimea, Yuri Meshkov, was arrested by the Central District Court of Simferopol for two days. The politician is brought to administrative responsibility for “failure to comply with the lawful demands of the police” (Article 19.3 of the Administrative Code of the RF)
The Minister of Digital Development of the Russian Federation in Cairo discussed the delivery of Russian IT products to Egypt
A delegation of Russian IT companies led by Russian Minister of Digital Development Konstantin Noskov visited Cairo. The head of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation held talks with Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbuli and Minister of Communications and Information Technologies Amr Talaat.
Joe Biden intends to run for president
Ex-Vice President Joseph Biden said at a meeting with supporters of the intention to join the fight for the highest administrative post of the country. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal. According to the newspaper, Biden asked for help in collecting donations for the election campaign.
Putin ordered to extend the mortgage holidays for all loans
I talked with the chairman of the Central Bank, she also supports this decision. Therefore, when adopting a law, I ask deputies of the State Duma to proceed from the assumption that mortgage tax holidays will be extended to all mortgage loans, including those issued earlier. – Vladimir Putin
Labor Ministry announced a change in the consumer basket
It is planned that the changes will take effect on January 1, 2021. Topilin said that the consumer basket is planned to expand. First of all, we are talking about food products, including dairy products, vegetables and fruits.
In accordance with current legislation, the new consumer basket should come into force on January 1, 2021. We are working on it now. And, in our opinion, we can make changes on it in the spring session of next year. – Maxim Topilin
Navy will receive the third nuclear submarine “Ash” in 2020
The third nuclear submarine of project 885 “Ash” will be transferred to the Russian Navy in 2020, told reporters on Wednesday the president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Alexei Rakhmanov.
The Year of the Indigenous Peoples of Russia starts in Ugra
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the issue of preserving indigenous languages is of global importance. This is indicated in the telegram for the participants of the International Forum “Year of Indigenous Languages in Russia”.
A court in The Hague sentenced Karadzic to life imprisonment
The Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague sentenced Radovan Karadzic, former President of the Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to life imprisonment for life 1992-1995 life sentences, Reuters reports.
Putin urged to increase income Crimeans
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it is necessary to increase the incomes of the inhabitants of the Crimea, as well as equalize the prices of a number of goods, the cost of which in other regions is lower. On this Wednesday, March 20, reports Tass.
Increasing, above all, the level of income, … the need to equalize prices for some products: some, not all, but there are groups of goods, including food, especially milk, which in Crimea and Sevastopol is higher in prices than in neighboring regions. – Vladimir Putin
Ukrainian pilots conducted combat aviation over the Sea of Azov
The Ukrainian pilots of the MiG-29 and Su-25 aircraft performed scheduled flights over the water area of the Sea of Azov, the joint operation center of the United Forces of Ukraine said on Wednesday.
The military will switch to new methods of physical training
New methods for the physical training of servicemen have been developed by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the emphasis has been placed on the development of the motor skills necessary for a particular military profession. This was announced on Tuesday by the Deputy Head of the Department of Physical Training and Sports of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Alexander Ukrainian.
Taiwan wants to buy Abrams tanks in the US
The Taiwan press reports that the island’s defense minister has requested permission from the United States to sell more than 100 Abrams M1A2X main battle tanks. Washington stated that it would take a decision on this matter within 120 days from the filing date of the application.
In the United States conducted a test of a one-time cargo drone
In the US, developers from a start-up Logistics Gliders have tested a one-off cargo drone. Reported by Aviation Week
New international airport to be built in Mexico
In the Mexican state of Mexico in the territory of the military base of Santa Lucia will be a new international airport, reports Prensa Latina.
Anti-Indian protest held in the capital of the Maldives
On March 19, an anti-Indian rally was held in the capital of the Maldives Republic. Protesters opposed the Indian military presence in the country. Participants also accused India of interfering in the 2018 presidential election.
South Korea and FAO signed a memorandum of understanding
Lee Ke Ho, Minister of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of South Korea, signed a memorandum of understanding with José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This is reported by YTN TV channel.
Putin called the Su-57 the best military aircraft in the world
Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with the winners of the “Leaders of Russia” competition, said that he considered the Su-57 the best military aircraft in the world.
Su-57, or PAK FA – as we called it – a promising aviation complex of front-line aviation. He is the best we have now. In the world the best. For all tactical and technical data on weapons. So no one can fly like our plane. – Vladimir Putin
India told why the Su-57 is not needed by any country
The reason – the Indian side has a suspicion that the Russian fighter does not match the fifth-generation aircraft due to the “stealth” parameters and engines. The Indian Defense News portal explained why the Su-57 fighter is not needed not only by India, but not by any old world.
“Not with such engines. The layout of this engine is such that it becomes a kind of open target for the enemy’s radar”
“The Russians are buying literally units of these fighters in 2019 and 2020. They are doing this with the goal of keeping the team backbone on the production line in the hope of finding buyers.”
Brazil can be part of NATO
US President Donald Trump admits that Brazil can become a member of NATO. During a meeting with Brazilian leader Zhair Bolsonaru, the American president announced that he intended to discuss this possibility.
We are very, very seriously considering this, be it NATO or something else related to the alliance. – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
Czech president considers Turkey an ally of the Islamic State
This is no longer the secular state of Kemal Ataturk, but a state that professes Islamic ideology, and it follows logically that it stands close to the Islamic radicals. – Miloš Zeman, Czech politician
The State Duma has created a group to assess the “damage caused to Ukraine by the Crimea”
In the State Duma created a special working group, which will assess the amount of damage caused to the Crimea by Ukraine for the entire period of the stay of the peninsula in its composition. The chairman of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, spoke of intentions to organize such a group as early as March 15th.
Today at a meeting of the Council of the Chamber will be announced a proposal to establish a working group, whose members will analyze the level of harm and damage caused by the annexation of the Crimea and Sevastopol by Ukraine. We will go to the adoption of specific decisions, having studied the situation, we can reach the final document. – Vyacheslav Volodin, Russian politician
Employees of the “Center E” asked to cancel the play Teatra.doc
Employees of the Center for Combating Extremism (“Center E”) of the Moscow Department of the Interior on the eve of the visit visited the drama school “Children of the Raik”, where the play “Teatra.doc” Kantgrad ”was staged, telling about the life of Kengsberg – Kaliningrad in the first post-war years and about relations Soviet officer and German. This was announced to RBC by the theater administrator Yulia Selina.
“They were interested in the performance itself [from the staff of the Center for Combating Extremism of the Ministry of Internal Affairs] there were requests to cancel it,” she said.
The director of the performance, Anastasia Patlai, told MBH-Media that a precinct and two employees of the Center “E” had come to the drama studio “Children of Rayk” the day before to a rehearsal. They refused to show verification documents and demanded that the organizers lease the premises.
Employees of the FPS will be obliged to be polite with prisoners
Employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) are instructed to be polite with those under investigation and convicted, and to officially apologize to them in the event of unlawful acts.
“At present, the legislation of the Russian Federation does not have a current norm, which establishes the duty of apologizing by employees and federal state civil servants of the penitentiary system (UIS) to persons affected by the unlawful actions of employees and federal civil servants of the UIS,” the draft explanatory note says order, published on the portal of draft regulatory legal acts.
Most Russians were in favor of gender equality
The majority of Russians (62%) believe that it is necessary to strive for full equality of the rights of men and women, but 13% consider this impossible. Such a poll results are provided by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) on Wednesday, March 20
In Yekaterinburg, businessman fined for distributing food for free
Rospotrebnadzor went with a check to the Yekaterinburg shop “Life”, where they decided to give the written off food free of charge. Employees of the supervisory authority demanded to throw out all the decommissioned and overdue products offered by the supermarket.
Employers noted an increase in the quality of work of remote employees
Representatives of the companies where remote workers work, began to evaluate the quality of their work, says the new SuperJob study. According to the service, 11 percent of respondents are sure that the employee in the office loses to the remote in the quality of work.
The airline “Nordavia” changed its name
The airline “Nordavia” will change its name to Smartavia, the rebranding will start from today, said Sergei Savostin, director general of the airline, on Wednesday, March 20. The process will be gradual, it is assumed that it will last until the end of 2019
Named the most popular countries among Russian tourists
Most Russians visited Turkey (5.719 million trips), Abkhazia (4 496), Finland (3 361), Kazakhstan (2 955), Ukraine (2 290), China (2 018), Estonia (1 798), Germany (1 297), Georgia (1,233) and Thailand (1,173).
Beglov promised to raise the salary of doctors to 100 thousand rubles
The interim governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov, promised that doctors would raise the average salary to one hundred thousand rubles. The head of Smolny said this during a visit to the “City Ambulance Station”
Square in Kanonersky protected from the construction of the temple
The park on Kanonersky Island was protected from construction. It was decided to build an Orthodox church in the wasteland. This was announced by the leader of the “Fair Russia” faction in the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Alexey Kovalev.
Sberbank has announced a cash withdrawal service at the cash desks of stores
In the summer, Sberbank will offer a new service “Purchase with Issue” – at the store’s checkout, if you pay with a card, you can additionally withdraw cash, a credit institution reported. From July, the service will be available in small and medium stores, and from September – in large retail chains.
Google fined 1.49 billion euros for violating EU antitrust rules
The European Commission (EC) has fined a US corporation Google for € 1.49 billion for violating EU antitrust rules. This was reported on March 20 in the EC press release.
Google has strengthened its dominance in search advertising on the Internet and protects itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites. This is illegal under the EU antitrust rules. – Margret Vestager, a Danish politician
Japanese Takeda will stop supplying three medicines to Russia
Since April, the pharmaceutical company Takeda from Japan has stopped supplying three essential drugs to Russia from the list, the pharmaceutical company said in a notice sent to the Federal Service for the Supervision of Health and Health Market Participants.
Among the drugs listed are: Atenolol Nycomed cardiovascular pills, which occupied 60% of the market, Amitriptyline Nycomed antidepressant (40% of the market) and Metronidazole Nycomed, an antibacterial medication (2% of the market).
Imports of palm oil in Russia in January grew by 3.6%
Compared to December of last year, shipments decreased by 33.6%. The import of coconut oil, palm kernel oil, babassu oil and their fractions in Russia increased by 26.8% in January to 5.1 thousand tons. Compared to December, imports fell by 8%.
LNG terminal construction plan approved in Kamchatka
The government approved a comprehensive plan for the implementation of an investment project for the construction of an LNG sea transshipment complex in Kamchatka, which should triple the loading of the Northern Sea Route over 10 years.
Chubais reported to Putin on the success of Rosnano
The head of Rosnano spoke about plans for the development of nuclear medicine, as well as energy projects. These include the creation of a network of gas stations and the release of solar panels on a new, advanced technology. According to Chubais, Rosnano’s net profit in 2018 reached a record 5.6 billion rubles.
Belarus will place government bonds in Russia for 30 billion rubles
The Council of Ministers of Belarus has instructed the Ministry of Finance of the Republic to place government bonds in the amount of 30 billion Russian rubles in Russia for the next two years. The relevant resolution was published on the national legal Internet portal.
The Chamber of Accounts learned about the purchases of FSIN products at inflated prices
The audit chamber during the audit found that the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) incorrectly forms the volume of budget allocations for products and buys them at inflated prices. This is stated on the site office.
Companies will receive 1.5 billion rubles for employee training
Companies will receive financial support from the state. In total this year, they will be allocated one and a half billion for retraining and advanced training of workers. Companies that implement lean manufacturing and productivity development programs will be able to receive funds.
In Russia, overdue debt for gas increased by 6.6%
The total amount of overdue debts for the gas supplied to Russia in 2018 increased by 11.2 billion rubles. (6.6%) – up to 180.9 billion rubles, according to the Gazprom website.
The first trailer for Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has been released
The first long-awaited new movie trailer from Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, appeared on the Web, to which critics have a huge success. For the director this is the ninth work.
Director David Lynch has recorded a video course on making cinema
American director David Lynch has created a paid video course on making movies and searching for ideas for films, consisting of 13 lessons. He marked his course on the MasterClass project site, reports Pitchfork portal.
Spielberg was allowed to build scenery for a movie near Stonehenge
Famous American director, screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg received permission to build scenery near the famous Stonehenge to shoot a film about the events of the First World War, reports the Daily Mail.
The Cure recorded their first album in 10 years
The frontman of The Cure, Robert Smith, announced the end of work on a new album, reports NME. So far the release has no name, but for a rock band it will be the first in more than 10 years and 14th in the discography. Smith told the radio journalist John Matem about the imminent release of the album.
The cultural program of the V International Arctic Forum has been published.
The forum will be held in St. Petersburg on April 9-10. The cultural program of the V International Arctic Forum “The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue” has been published on the official website of the event.
German heavy metal band Powerwolf will perform in St. Petersburg
German heavy metal band Powerwolf will perform in St. Petersburg on March 24 at the A2 Green Concert Club. As part of the performance, the band will present their new album, The Sacrament of Sin (“Holiness of Sin”), according to concert agency SPIKA.
KTS pop group BTS has sold 2.6 million copies of its upcoming album
The KTS pop group BTS has already sold 2.6 million copies of its upcoming album “Map of the Soul: Persona”, which is scheduled for release on April 14th.
An exhibition of original dissertations on the culture of Russia opens in Moscow
March 20 in the Blue Hall of the Russian State Library opens an exhibition of original dissertations “Culture and life of the Russian population in dissertation research.” The exposition included 64 scientific works from the funds of the department of dissertations of the RSL
Forum Finopolis-2019 will be held in Sochi on October 7—9
The Forum of Innovative Financial Technologies Finopolis-2019 will be held in the main media center of the Olympic Park in Sochi from 9 to 11 October. It is reported by the press service of the Bank of Russia.
The exhibition “Red” opened in the Grand Palais
The anniversary of the October Revolution incredibly encouraged the interest of Western museum workers in the art of the Land of Soviets. A couple of years ago, the Royal Academy of Arts in London showed the Revolution exhibition, presenting the full range of artistic statements before social realism, until the 1930s.
Pussy Riot will perform at the Woodstock anniversary festival
“Woodstock 50” will be held from August 16 to August 18 – almost on the same dates as its predecessor. The festival will not be monolithic in terms of genres and is designed for everyone for whom music and love are not empty words.
Rembrandt’s picture revived in augmented reality
The application of augmented reality, prepared by the gallery Maurits-Hayes, allows viewers to become participants in the “Tropa Anatomy Lesson” by Rembrandt.
To recreate the “Anatomy Lesson” in virtual reality, the twins of all the characters were selected, who were dressed and combed accordingly, and then 3D-scanned. Work on one Rembrandt painting took five months.
Google introduced the cloud gaming service Stadia
Google has introduced the cloud gaming service Stadia, which allows users to run games in browsers on the Chromium engine.
Rostec has developed a system to counter civil drone
“Roslectronics” of Rostec State Corporation has developed a new automated system for countering unmanned aerial vehicles available for unlicensed purchase, which is able to identify the belonging of a drone and prevent unauthorized penetration of the protected object without the operator’s participation.
In the State Duma offered to create a social network in virtual reality
In the State Duma proposed to create a social network in the country in virtual reality. The Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science, Boris Chernyshov, sent an appeal to the Minister of Digital Development of the Russian Federation Konstantin Noskov.
Google will close the mail service Inbox in early April
In contrast to the situation with the social network Google+, the closure of the Inbox has upset many users who find this service more convenient than the classic Gmail. However, Google began to transfer some of the Inbox functions that it considered the most successful to Gmail last year.
Facebook is preparing a separate application for games.
Facebook is no exception to this rule. According to the resource, every month more than 700 million people in the social network watch game videos, play games or otherwise interact with game content.
Bitcoin began selling on newsstands in Australia
Binance, the largest cryptographic trading volume, launched Lite Australia platform, now Bitcoin is sold at 1,300 newsstands in Australia. In the near future, the service will begin to support other digital money.